February 27, 2012 |
Ryan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals' very first draft pick and face of the franchise, signed a six-year extension (through 2019) for a cool $100 million, a source told the Associated Press on Sunday. The deal includes a full no-trade clause. "Hey Nomar" Nick Punto, once a Phillies prospect and now an American League journeyman, signed a two-year, $3-million deal with Boston in the winter. Punto wears No. 5, last worn in Boston by fan-fave Nomar Garciaparra.
September 23, 2010 |
Minnesota the first in Last season, the Twins needed a one-game decider against the Detroit Tigers to get into the division series, and then were swept by the New York Yankees. This season, Minnesota became the first team in the majors to grab a division title, by rallying for a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians and then getting some help from the Oakland A's, who set down the Chicago White Sox, 7-2, on Tuesday night. Though the Twins clinched with 11 games left to play, it wasn't easy.
July 29, 2010 |
Next time, keep your mouth shut Tigers manager Jim Leyland was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for "inappropriate and aggressive" conduct in Monday night's game against Tampa Bay. The manager was ejected during an argument in which Leyland said he accidentally sprayed second base umpire Marty Foster with sunflower seeds. Leyland was philosophical. "You take your medicine and move on," Leyland said. Find fun where you can In the continuing absence of a Roy Oswalt trade, we bring you this instead: Cleveland sent third baseman Jhonny Peralta to Detroit for minor-league lefthander Giovanni Soto.
June 19, 2010 |
4:10, Citizens Bank Park. TV: Fox. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Today's pitchers Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.74) vs. Twins RHP Kevin Slowey (7-4, 3.84) Who's hot Ryan Howard: He hit two home runs last night for the first time this season (along with a double and triple), and now has three in his last three games. Who's not Slowey: The righthander is coming off a disappointing start against the Braves, who scored six runs in 4 2/3 innings off him. Three matchups to watch Hamels vs. Twins: He has gone eight straight appearances without allowing more than three runs.
September 30, 2009 |
Justin Verlander kept the Detroit Tigers on top in the AL Central, pitching eight innings in a 6-5 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins last night that salvaged a split of their critical doubleheader. Detroit increased its division lead to two over Minnesota, which won the day game, 3-2, in 10 innings, with two games left in the series and five to go in the regular season. Verlander (18-9) gave up four runs and eight hits. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 37 chances, overcoming some shaky defense that allowed Minnesota to pull within a run. Brian Duensing (5-2)
September 2, 2009 |
Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, spoiling the major league debut of former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco and lifting the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 win over the visiting Cleveland Indians last night. Aubrey Huff added three RBI for Detroit, which won its second straight. Carrasco (0-1), making his major league debut, gave up six runs on nine hits in three innings, walking three and striking out three. Carrasco, who was obtained from Philadelphia in the Cliff Lee deal, allowed all three home runs after being recalled from Triple A Columbus.
July 29, 2009 |
Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters. Coming off a perfect game in his last start against Tampa Bay, Buehrle retired the first 17 Minnesota batters last night before the Twins rallied for a 5-3 victory. Beuhrle (11-4) surpassed the record of 41 straight set by San Francisco's Jim Barr in 1972 and tied by teammate Bobby Jenks, a reliever, in 2007. Buehrle retired 27 in a row against the Rays in his last start, the 18th perfect game in baseball history, then breezed through the first five innings against the Twins to break the record.
February 3, 2007 |
AL MVP Justin Morneau agreed yesterday to a $4.5 million, 1-year contract with the Minnesota Twins, who also settled their salary arbitration cases with third baseman Nick Punto, reliever Juan Rincon and outfielder Lew Ford. Punto agreed to a $4.2 million, 2-year contract, Rincon received a $2 million, 1-year deal and Ford reached a $985,000, 1-year agreement. Morneau, a 25-year-old first baseman, hit .321 last year with 34 homers and 130 RBI and won the MVP award by 14 points over Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
September 26, 2006 |
The Minnesota Twins capped a remarkable turnaround and will send the defending World Series champions home early. The Twins cliched a playoff spot last night, beating the visiting Kansas City Royals, 8-1, behind home runs from Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter. Minnesota's win, coupled with a loss by the Chicago White Sox, eliminated the defending World Series champions from contention. The Twins can now focus on the American League Central race, in which they trail Detroit by one game.
September 11, 2006 |
Johan Santana already has one AL Cy Young Award and appears to be closing in on another. After his latest dazzling effort brought the Minnesota Twins within striking distance of Detroit in the AL Central, teammate Nick Punto thinks Santana deserves consideration for another honor - MVP. The lefthander struck out 11 and allowed only two hits in Minnesota's 12-1 victory over the visiting Tigers yesterday, pitching into the seventh inning and...